Branston enlists help of local school for bulb planting project

Posted: 22 October 2014
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Students from St Francis School in  Lincoln, have been helping to spruce up Branston's Lincoln site by planting over 40 kilos of daffodil bulbs outside the staff rest area.

The planting project has provided the students with the opportunity to engage with activities in a real life situation, whilst gaining wider horticultural experience. They have been working alongside members of staff at Branston, and it is hoped that the daffodils will be flowering by spring to brighten up the site.

St Francis’ specialises in providing education, therapy, medical support and independence training for young people with physical disabilities. Branston is also looking at ways to offer the pupils at the school the opportunity to get work experience in the new staff facilities.

Rob Phillips, General Manager of Branston’s fresh potato packing facilities at Lincoln commented: “We take every opportunity to work alongside local schools and this planting project has been a great way to involve the pupils at St Francis. Having the pupils on-site with us, working alongside our staff and contributing to the facilities has been rewarding for both parties.”

Theresa Duncan, Senior TA at St Francis, added: “This project has been great. It’s given our students experience in a working environment, and the opportunity to get involved with the community outside of school. It’s also shown them locally grown produce, and Branston have been brilliant in accommodating our students and supporting their needs.”